August 14, 2013

Charles Oliver: Messiah grows in popularity

• A judge has ordered Teamsters Local 727 to stop picketing Chicago-area funeral homes after finding that picketers had been harassing mourners. Union members had reportedly blocked people from leaving funeral home parking lots and used bullhorns to shout obscenities at them. The final straw seems to have been when the Teamsters disrupted a child’s funeral. Union members have been on strike against funeral home chain SCI Illinois Services Inc. since rejecting the company’s offer of a 9 percent pay increase for all members over the next two years.

• A SWAT team from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) raided  a Kenosha animal shelter and killed a baby deer the staff had named Giggles. Someone had brought the fawn to the shelter because they thought it had been abandoned by its mother. State law bans the possession of wildlife. DNR officials say the law also requires them to euthanize wild animals such as Giggles because of the potential danger they pose to humans.

• A Detroit Police Department commander accidentally emailed the bra sizes of several female officers to a large chunk of the department’s staff. The commander only meant to forward a message that bullet proof vests were available for officers who’d recently been fitted for them. He didn’t realize that an attached spreadsheet contained the officers’ measurements, including the bra sizes of all female officers. Two of the women have filed union grievances against the department and one has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

• An Illinois attorney is facing disciplinary action for writing his children into a client’s will. Steven Miner previously made headlines for helping his adult children sue his ex-wife for “bad mothering.”

• Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew has ordered the parents of Messiah Deshawn Martin to change the boy’s name to Martin Deshawn McCullough. The boy’s parents had come to her to settle a dispute about which parent’s surname the child should carry. The name she ordered incorporates both surnames. The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, is upset with the ruling. But Ballew is standing by her order. “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” she said. Ballew may be fighting an uphill battle. According to the Social Security Administration, Messiah was the fourth fastest-growing boy’s baby name in the United States in 2012.

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  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014